Cultural Studies Adjunct: Joan Hawkins
I teach film studies and work largely in the area of taste culture and taste politics. My book Cutting-Edge: Art Horror and the Horrific Avant-Garde is about the dialectical relationship between high and low culture in late capitalism--specifically about the relationship between low horror, European art cinema, and the American Avant-garde. I have written extensively on horror, theory and gender. Most recently I have become interested in the way theory itself travels through culture and engages many of the same taste issues that cinema does. I'm currently working on a book called When Bad Girls Do Theory which considers the way in which both theory writers and theory itself become sexed and gendered both in the academy and in the larger culture.